Nanaay’s LNT Bakery
The only thing better than the smell of baking bread is biting into a warm piece of it. That’s why Nanaay’s LNT Bakery bakes a fresh supply every day, so you can enjoy it at its peak of flavour. Nanaay’s LNT Bakery uses wholesome, natural ingredients in every loaf of white, wheat and 7-grain bread or bun, each batch of gooey sweet cinnamon buns, melt-in-your-mouth donuts and delicious pizza dough, plus the touch of a grandmother’s love to create the best artisan baking on Haida Gwaii. Nanaay’s Bakery products are available directly from baker Gail Russ. Special orders are welcome.
Meet Gail Russ
Meet Gail Russ
Gail Russ lives to bake, which is a good thing considering she bakes several dozen loaves of bread in an average week. In fact, she recently broke her own personal record by baking 100 loaves in a single week. She regularly bakes several different varieties of bread and buns as well as cinnamon buns, doughnuts and pizza dough, and she has perfected and honed her recipes since she began baking as a business in 2007. "There are a lot of variables in baking," notes Gail. Everything from climate to elevation to the different ingredients affects how a loaf comes out, and she's figured out by experimentation what works and what doesn't.
One of the things that Gail loves about baking bread is that it brings people together. And since she bakes from home, she meets a lot of people at her front door. Many she already knows, but if someone happens by for a loaf of fresh bread whom she has never met, "when they leave, they are no longer strangers!" Gail enjoys interacting in a personal, one-on-one way with her customers and one of her best rewards is hearing people say how much they like her bread.
Family is very important to Gail, and these days she especially relishes spending time with her grandchildren. Gail has two young granddaughters who often work side-by-side with her. They help her put ingredients into a bowl and mix the dough and make their own little loaves of bread. And they, too, like interacting with the people who buy from their Nanaay. "If they hear someone coming up to the door they yell 'Nanaay, you have a customer!'" says Gail. They may not realize it, but Gail knows that she is teaching her granddaughters some very important, lifelong skills and traditions, and that is as good a reason as any to keep baking.